Daily Archive: July 20, 2017

Indian chicken farms breeding antibiotic-resistant pathogens

Washington/New Delhi: High levels of antibiotic-resistant pathogens in chickens raised for both meat and eggs on Indian farms are raising serious health concerns for humans, a team of researchers has warned.

The study by researchers from the Centre for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy (CDDEP), a public health research organisation with headquarters in Washington D.C., and New Delhi, found high levels of antibiotic-resistance on poultry farms in Punjab.

The broiler or meat producing farms showed higher levels of resistance than their egg-laying counterparts.

“This study has serious implications, not only for India but globally. Overuse of antibiotics in animal farms endangers all of us,” said study author and CDDEP Director Ramanan Laxminarayan.

“We must remove antibiotics from the human food chain, except to treat sick animals, or face the increasingly real prospect of a post-antibiotic world,” Laxminarayan added.

The CDDEP researchers found high levels of multi-drug resistance, ranging from 39 per cent for ciprofloxacin, used to treat endocarditis, gastroenteritis, cellulitis and respiratory tract infections, and other infections, to 86 percent for nalidixic acid, a common treatment for urinary tract infections.

Previous CDDEP studies have projected that antibiotic consumption in food animal production will rise globally by 67 per cent by 2030, including more than a tripling of use in India.

For the new study, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives on Thursday, researchers collected samples from 530 birds on 18 poultry farms and tested them for resistance to a range of antibiotic medications critical to human medicine.

Severe Weather Warning – 20 to 24 July,2017

India Meteorological Department has issued severe weather warning for 20th to 24th July, 2017 as below:

20JULY:

Heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places with extremely heavy falls very likely over Madhya Maharashtra

and South Interior Karnataka.  Heavy   to very heavy  rain at a few places very likely over Konkan & Goa.

Heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places very likely over West Madhya Pradesh,  Gujarat State and Coastal Karnataka.

Heavy rain very likely at isolated places over Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh,Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana,

Chandigarh & Delhi,East Rajasthan, East Madhya  Pradesh, Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh,Jharkhand,

West Bengal & Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam & Meghalaya, Nagaland,

Manipur, Mizoram &Tripura, North Interior  Karnataka, Tamilnadu & Pudducherry and Kerala.

21 JULY :♦

Heavy to very heavyrain at a few places with extremely heavy fallsat isolated places very likely over Gujarat State and Konkan & Goa.

Heavyto very heavyrain at isolated places very likely overEast Rajasthan, West Madhya Pradesh, Madhya Maharashtra,

Coastal Karnataka and South interior Karnatak.

Heavy rain very likely at isolated places over Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand,  Gangetic  West  Bengal, Andaman & Nicobar Islands,

Nagaland, Manipur,  Mizoram & Tripura and Kerala.

22 July  :♦

Heavyto very heavy rain at a few placeswith extremely heavy falls at isolated places very likely over Gujarat State.

Heavy   to very heavy rain  at isolated   places very likely over Konkan & Goa.

Heavy rain at a few places   with extremely heavy falls at isolated places  very likely  over East Rajasthan.

Heavy rain very likelyat isolated places over Uttarakhand, West Rajasthan, West Madhya Pradesh, MadhyaMaharashtra,

Coastal Karnataka and south Interior Karnataka

23 July :♦

Heavy to  very heavy rain at isolated places  very  likely  over  Rajasthan  and  Gujarat  region.

Heavy rain very likely at isolated places over Saurashtra & Kutch, Konkan & Goa,  Coastal Karnataka and south Interior Karnataka.

24 July :♦

Heavy  to very heavy rain at isolated  places very likely over Rajasthan.

Heavy rain very likelyat isolated places over Jharkhand, Gangetic West Bengal, Konkan & Goa, Coastal Karnataka and south Interior Karnataka.